Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Apr 16, 2017, 02:14
Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Russian Federation has denounced last week's U.S. attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global security.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow, denounced last week's USA attack on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security". Russian Federation has alleged that the victims were killed by toxic agents from a rebel chemical arsenal hit by Syrian warplanes. "We have reiterated our position and were united in stating that the attack was an act of aggression, which blatantly violated the principles of worldwide law and the [United Nations] Charter", the three countries said in a joint statement. In fact, the foreign ministers from the three countries condemned the violation of worldwide law and the aggression against a sovereign country by the United States when it unilaterally attacked a Syrian base with doubtful arguments. "We call on the USA and its allies to respect Syria's sovereignty and refrain from actions similar to what happened on April 7, and which have serious ramification not only for regional, but also global security". He also demanded a broader investigation into the chemical weapon attack with officials from a variety of countries and called into question the current protocols for investigating such an attack in an unbiased manner. What does that means?, wondered Lavrov in allusion to Washington's stories to justify its attack, according to which Syrian planes departed from Al Shairat to bomb the town of Jan-Sheijon, in Idlib, with chemical weapons.

The U.S. hasn't shown evidence that Assad was responsible for the April 4 attack in Idlib, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where Putin was attending a collective-defense meeting of former Soviet republics. "We condemn any use of chemical weapons", Moallem said. Therefore, there are serious doubts about the work of the aforementioned mission, created in 2013, specifically, and about the work by the OPCW, in general, said Lavrov after meeting here with his counterparts from Syria and Iran.

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Lavrov said the USA strike on the Syrian base has undermined peace efforts in Syria and reflected Washington's focus on ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. "It had kept itself fighting ISIL and supporting rebel groups on the ground", Challands said.

Most reports on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow earlier this week have focused on the negative.

Tillerson emphasised the need to rebuild US-Russian ties, but at the same time condemned Russia's support for Assad. Putin's military backing of Assad has been crucial in keeping the regime in power after six years of civil war.

Assad said on Thursday the alleged poison gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun was a "fabrication" to justify a USA military strike.